leaves for compost?
quick question for the smart composters: I have many maple and aspen trees in the backyard. May I simply rake up those leaves, spread them over the garden area, and cover it with a black tarp for the winter? Will they turn into compost soil? If that happens, will it help the existing soil or upset the soil balance (unlike our compost that goes to the curb, this would be solely tree leaves)? Thanks much!